Think you’ve got the next Google cooking away in the back of your brain? Below are 4 Miami orgs interested in getting you the help you need to get your idea off the ground.
TEXT BY RYAN JARRELL
A tech-focused investment club comprised of seriously savvy individuals eager to get in on the ground floor of the next great South Florida business boom, AGP Miami holds pitch meetings regularly to allow select startups to wow their board. Responsible for underlining a diverse array of successful startups as well as scale-ups (including finance-focused Birch and local facial-recognition leaders Kairos) AGP is intent on levelling a legacy from our city’s many tech titans eager to have their ideas heard; AGPMiami.com.
Synonymous with lovingly local venture financing in The Magic City for the last decade, there’s no org more in tune with our metropolis’ marketplace than these grant-giving gurus. Of special attention is the Knight Foundation Enterprise Fund, providing early-stage funding for Miami-based new media. Interested primarily in the intersection of information, community, engagement and innovation, this is one fund you should be quick to pursue if you’re a savvy storyteller in the modern mode; KnightFoundation.org.
NEW WORLD ANGELS
Every bit as beneficial as the supernatural spirits they’re named for, New World Angels is a Boca Ratonbased investing firm that gathers like-minded success stories to support earlystage companies, providing them with sizeable slices of funding and other invaluable resource bases. With roughly 16 portfolio partners currently active and over $14M in funding deployed over their tenure, it’s obvious that New World Angels is playing for keeps in the South Florida business sphere; NewWorldAngels.com.
A boon for beginning business people of all ages, Endeavor Miami (and the greater Endeavor family worldwide) provides something perhaps more valuable than regular old dough… sage and measured mentorship that ensures that when you get the funding you so desperately need, you use it correctly. Interested more in scale-ups than startups (bridging a gap that’s essential in our particular corner of the startup scene), Endeavor’s many established volunteers take pride in passing on hard-won wisdom to the next generation of business leaders; EndeavorMiami.org.